FUNctional Fitness Retreat – Costa Rica

  • April 14 - 19, 2020 | 6 days / 5 nights
  • $2,099.00
Escape the daily grind and experience fitness, adventure, relaxation and fun in Costa Rica! Join Coach Anna on a fitness adventure to get tanned & get shredded; just in time for summer.

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FUNctional Fitness Retreat – Costa Rica


Escape the daily grind and experience fitness, adventure, relaxation and fun in Costa Rica!
Join Coach Anna on a fitness adventure to get tanned & get shredded; just in time for summer.

Download Booking Form

Daily Overview

Day Destination Activities
1 Liberia
Welcome to Costa Rica!
Enjoy a special welcome dinner at sunset
2 Guanacaste Hike near the beautiful village of Las Catalinas
Restorative/stretch class in the evening on the beach
Private cocktail making class in the evening
3 Guanacaste Morning fitness
Included full day of adventure - zip lines, horseback riding, hiking, volcanic hot springs, and more!
Free time to explore the town
4 Guanacaste Day at leisure. Drop-in for a WOD at CrossFit Surfside or join an optional excursion
5 Guanacaste Catamaran cruise in the afternoon with open-bar and lunch.
Cristini Athletics farewell dinner and bonfire
6 Guanacaste
Light morning stretch/class
Transfer to the airport for flight to return home

DAY 1 | APRIL 14


Welcome to Costa Rica! Guests will arrive at the Daniel Oduber Quiros International airport (LIR) and take a private shuttle to our resort, the Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel. We'll check in and then meet for introductions and a specialty welcome dinner at sunset.

Accommodation: Bahia del Sol Beach Front Boutique Hotel (5 nights)
Meal: Dinner

DAY 2 | APRIL 15


This morning Coach Anna will start us off with some morning mobility/fitness in preparation for our hike near the beautiful village of Las Catalinas. This beautiful community is full of dramatic hills, stunning views, tropical wildlife and foliage, and over 13 miles of trails to enable you to enjoy this beautiful land. We will join a local hiking guide and trek our way through nature, stopping at viewpoints along the way. After our hike, a well-deserved lunch will be served at one of the restaurants in the village; you will have some time to enjoy the area before returning to the hotel for free time.

This evening join your fellow travellers and enjoy some drinks and hors d’oeuvres during a private Cristini Athletics cocktail class. Then enjoy a night to relax or head into town! Tamarindo likes to have fun and that is certainly reflected in its vibrant nightlife. There is always something going on after the sun has set. (Approx. 25 km to Tamarindo)

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 | APRIL 16


Wake up to sunshine and paradise! We'll have a morning workout and breakfast, and then we'll be picked up for a day of adventure. Enjoy Zip Lines, hiking through a breathtaking setting near the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and a ride along Costa Rica´s longest water slide. Horses will be waiting for us to ride to a spa where we will enjoy natural hot springs with a volcanic mud bath in the middle of a beautiful forest and reach a new level of peace and relaxation.

This evening join coach Anna on the beach at sunset for a restorative/stretch class, then enjoy a free night to relax or head into town! Dinner at your leisure.

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 | APRIL 17


Today is yours at leisure! We'll have the option to visit CrossFit Surfside for a WOD; or enjoy an optional excursion, but the way you spend the day is completely up to you!

Meal: Breakfast

DAY 5 | APRIL 18


Morning workout with Coach Anna and breakfast. We'll have some free time to relax in the morning and then we'll head out to meet our catamaran for the afternoon! We'll hop on board for home-cooked lunch, open bar and some fun on the water. Our sailing trip will take us to fantastic snorkeling sites, where, weather permitting, we’ll swim with abundant fish, corals and other marine life. Another incredible destination included is a stop at a secluded beach, where we will be able to swim or simply relax.

This evening join a special Cristini Athletics farewell dinner to celebrate our week of memories and friendships!

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 | APRIL 19


Wake up to a light morning stretch/class with Coach Anna and farewell breakfast, and then depart in our private shuttle for the airport (LIR) to head home feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!

Meal: Breakfast

Departure Date LAND PACKAGE
Regular Price*
Cristini Athletics Members & Friends Price*
April 14 - 19, 2020 Double occupancy: CAD $2,099
Single supplement: CAD $750
Double occupancy: CAD $1,999
Single supplement: CAD $750

*Price per person based on double occupancy at a minimum of 12 passengers.

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation or comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking. Please click here to contact us for a quotation. All travel services described herein are subject to the detailed terms & conditions of GLP Worldwide which are available at any time upon request and which will be provided with your booking confirmation.


  • 1st Deposit: CAD $350 per person is due at the time of booking.
  • 2nd Deposit: CAD $250 per person is due on October 31, 2019.
  • Final Payment: January 31, 2020.


  • Between time of booking and October 30, 2019: CAD $350 per person
  • Between October 31, 2019 - January 30, 2020: CAD $600 per person
  • Between January 31, 2020 to date of departure: 100% of tour cost is non-refundable

ADD A ROUNDTRIP FLIGHT (Toronto-Liberia // Liberia–Montreal-Toronto)

  • CAD $760 per person (Inclusive of taxes and fees. Limited availability. Book by October 31.)


  • International Flights
  • Porterage
  • Gratuities
  • Other meals and beverages not included in the itinerary
  • Departure tax (USD $31)

Anna Cristini

Anna is a fitness veteran with over 30 years of relevant experience. As co-owner and coach at Cristini Athletics, she and her sons (Chris and Steve), treat every gym member like they’re a part of the family. Over the course of her career, she’s taught aerobics, step classes, kickboxing, bootcamp, spin, and even Zumba. These days, CrossFit is her program of choice. She’s a certified coach specializing in movement and mobility as well as weightlifting.

Need a dose of encouragement? Anna’s favorite quote may do the trick. "All things are possible to those that believe!"


  • CrossFit Level 1
  • CrossFit Movement and Mobility
  • CrossFit Olympic Weightlifting


This beginner’s surf lesson is a two-hour long surf trip. We introduce surfing fundamentals, etiquette, safety, wave dynamics, paddling skills, surfboard positioning, maneuvering, proper stand-up and riding techniques.

  • Duration: approx. 1-2 hours
  • Services included: Surf board, rash guard, and transportation (if necessary)
  • Rate: CAD $98
  • Operation days: Daily


If you are ready to experience a great adventure and do not want to spend a lot of time, taking an ATV tour is an excellent option! The ATV’s are designed to lead you through rustic unpaved roads. Our ATV Tour will take you to explore totally different environments, from mountains, beach and small rural towns. You will appreciate plantations, cattle farms and the biodiversity of the Guanacaste Tropical Dry Forest. There is a short stop on a breathtaking ocean view where everybody can see the beautiful bay. If Mother Nature helps we will enjoy wildlife such as monkeys, birds, iguanas and much more.

  • Duration: approx. 2 hours
  • Services included: Local bilingual guide, ATV machine, and bottled water
  • Rate: CAD $155
  • Operation days: Daily


This tour is designed for people who love to challenge themselves surrounded by exciting natural settings. Starts with a short horseback ride through the dry forest to the Río Negro to enjoy a whitewater tubing adventure on the class I & II of rapids on a pristine clear water river. Fly over a river canyon on the zip lines, and rappel down a cliff just to start stirring your senses. This activity isn’t over until you try the Tarzan Swing (swinging from side to side) an experience you can’t miss! And of course a delicious Costa Rican buffet lunch is served before leaving the spot.

  • Duration: approx. 8 hours
  • Services included: Roundtrip transportation, bilingual guide, canyon zip line, rappelling, tubing, horseback riding and lunch
  • Rate: CAD $175
  • Operation days: Wednesday & Friday


Embark on a journey that will get your adrenaline pumping and that will bring forth your love for adventure! A three-hour river ride will allow you to spot the wildlife and dense vegetation of the region. Paddle down the river with old and new friends, work as a team to maneuver in the strong currents, and enjoy the amazing views. Recover your energy with a tasty lunch.

  • Duration: Full day
  • Services included: Roundtrip transportation, bilingual guide, river rafting activity, equipment and lunch
  • Rate: CAD $225
  • Operation days: Wednesday


A boat tour inside the Palo Verde National Park will help you explore this amazing habitat, where hundreds of species of birds, animals and trees coexist. A visit to a local canton will allow you to observe the daily way of life of its people, and the colorful stores, handcraft and history surrounding this city.

  • Duration: approx. 9 hours
  • Services included: Roundtrip transportation, bilingual tour guide, boat ride and lunch
  • Rate: CAD $165
  • Operation days: Sunday. Alternative versions of this excursion are available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


Explore the richness of the area that surrounds the majestic Arenal Volcano while hiking along beautiful trails, being able to observe from up-close all the beauty of the flowers, plants, trees and animals that have this rainforest as their habitat. Indulge yourself in the healing waters of the natural hot springs that rise from the volcano’s heart, in a breathtaking setting surrounded by dense tropical gardens that crisscross the entire property.

If you want to relax, replenish your energies in one of the most spectacular settings in the world, this is definitely, the tour for you.

  • Duration: approx. 15 hours
  • Services included: Roundtrip transportation, bilingual guide,entrance fees, lunch, hot springs and dinner
  • Rate: CAD $210
  • Operation days: Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday


The amazing climate of Monteverde, as well as its high altitude has helped to produce an extremely high biodiversity. It is home to over 100 species of mammals, more than 400 species of birds, thousands of insects and around 2.500 species of plants. A tour on a Sky Tram will let you soar smoothly through the cloud forest, and walking through trails and suspension bridges will let you experience the flora and fauna of the forest from a completely new perspective. Enjoy the Monteverde culture, starting with a regional style lunch, followed with a coffee and chocolate tour experience.

  • Duration: approx. 14 hours
  • Services included: Roundtrip transportation, light breakfast, bilingual guide, Sky Tram, hanging bridges, coffee tour and lunch
  • Rate: CAD $240
  • Operation days: Thursday


Rincón de la Vieja is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica. It is a rigorous but spectacular, breathtaking hike around the area of Las Pailas, geothermal wonders! Over 300 species of birds have been recorded to live within the park. Along the hike, you will enjoy of around 32 rivers on this protected area, including the Colorado River and the Rio Blanco. The last one carves through a white volcanic ash call ignimbrite. These rivers provide water to the Tempisque River, one of the most important in the Guanacaste province.

  • Duration: approx. 8 hours
  • Services included: Roundtrip transportation, bilingual guide, entrance fee and lunch
  • Rate: CAD $145
  • Operation days: Wednesday & Friday


Go across the border, from Costa Rica into Nicaragua, and see the proof left by the Spanish Conquistadors of their dominion, as Granada maintains its original colonial houses and public buildings. Enjoy a boat ride along the islands formed from the eruption of the Volcano. After lunch in a colonial house, you will enjoy an exquisite plate of Nicaraguan traditional food.

The tour continues to the magnificent Masaya Volcano one of the most actives in the region. This is a great chance to learn about wildlife and vegetation. Finish this incredible day by visiting the viewpoint of Catarina to see a dormant volcano.

  • Duration: Full day
  • Services included: Roundtrip transportation, light breakfast, bilingual guide, immigration taxes, entrance fees to the Masaya Volcano, boat ride, City Tour, entrance fees and lunch.
  • Rate: CAD $265
  • Operation days: Tuesday & Thursday
  1. Passport

    Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Russia, Mongolia and China.
    Citizens of other countries should consult with their travel agent or our office.

  2. Visas

    Russia - Canadians must be in possession of a visa to visit Russia. Visa applications must be submitted electronically at here, or visit the Embassy of Russian Federation here.

    China - Canadians must have a visa. Consult the local visa issuing office and plan accordingly if you are travelling to or residing in China. Visit Chinese Visa Application Service Centre here for more information.

Casual clothing is usually worn on the train, including at mealtimes. Please make sure you wear sturdy, comfortable shoes for the excursions, and particularly for the city sightseeing tours. The months of May and September can be quite chilly. Most hotels will have turned the heat off by May and won’t start it up again until September. If necessary, we will turn on the train’s radiators. Even if you have booked a summer trip, you should bring warm clothes for cooler days and rainy days, in addition to your summer clothes. During boat rides, especially on Lake Baikal, you may well be exposed to chilly breezes, even in the summer months. A light jacket or sweater is advisable (also for restaurants with strong airconditioning). And those brave enough to take a dip in Lake Baikal shouldn’t forget to bring along their swimsuits. Also, remember to bring headgear – for protection against the sun and to wear in the Orthodox churches.

We very strongly recommend the purchase of appropriate travel insurance for any trip outside of Canada. Information on travel insurance options can be found here.

In each carriage, you may only smoke in the designated area at the opposite end of the carriage to the conductor’s cabin. Smoking is prohibited in the compartments and corridors and in the restaurant car during meals.

Moscow Siberia Mongolia Beijing
May Sunny or changing weather
Between 12 and 22°C
Mostly sunny, clear view
Between 10 and 30°C
Changing weather or sunny, windy
Between 5 and 25°C
sunny, dry
Between 18 and 28°C
June Sunny, continental dry
Between 15 and 36°C
sunny, dry
Between 12 and 30°C
changing weather
Between 12 and 25°C
hot and humid, rain showers
Between 22 and 32°C
July hot, sunny, rain showers, short heatwaves
Between 15 and 36°C
continental dry, warm, short heatwaves
Between 15 and 34°C
sunny, rain showers
Between 12 and 30°C
hot and humid, rain
Between 22 and 35°C
August warm, dry
Between 15 and 30°C
warm, dry, rain showers
Between 15 and 30°C
warm, dry
Between 15 and 26°C
hot, dry
Between 24 and 34°C
September sunny, dry
Between 15 and 24°C
high-pressure weather, sunny, hardly any rain
Between 10 and 22°C
Changing weather, snowfall possible
Between 0 and 25°C
warm, dry
Between 22 and 28°C

All visitors will need to fill out an arrival card to present to officials upon arrival.

On board the train we accept roubles, euros and US dollars. The restaurant drinks menus, which can be found around the train, state the cost in each currency. If paying with US dollars, please note that you will receive change in euros.

Otherwise, you can only pay with roubles in RUSSIA. Prices are sometimes indicated in “conditional units” that correspond to US dollars, but you must pay in roubles. The salesperson calculates the cost in roubles based on the day’s exchange rate. The train is almost the only place where it is possible to pay in euros or US dollars.

When you arrive at the hotel, if possible exchange some of your money for roubles. Make sure you are given a good amount of change. We recommend exchanging an initial amount of € 50 to € 100 per person and always taking small euro notes with you (€ 5 and € 10) so that you can exchange more money if necessary or in an emergency. Please take care not to accept damaged or torn notes (or those with stamps, scribbles, etc.).

In MONGOLIA we recommend taking along small US dollar notes. You do not usually need to exchange money. If you wish to do so, we recommend using the hotel reception.

In CHINA you must pay with yuans (renminbi), but in the hotels you can also pay with euros. You can exchange money at banks, at bureaux de change in shops or in hotels.

More detailed information is provided in this on-board book.

Please avoid wearing shorts or miniskirts when visiting churches and mosques, even if the weather is warm. If you do, you may not be allowed to see some churches from the inside. You must remove your shoes before entering mosques. If you do not wish to walk barefoot, you should bring along an extra pair of socks on excursions. Please remember to bring appropriate headgear. Women are required to cover their hair with a headscarf or shawl in Russia’s orthodox churches. In most cases, men may not wear shorts inside churches.

The cuisine served on board the train is fresh, diverse and nutritious. Mineral water and juice are included in meal prices. Please pay for all other drinks in cash. On average, prices are 40 percent lower than those of railway restaurants in Germany. If you require vegetarian food or have any other dietary requirements, please inform us before the journey so that the chef can take your needs into account.

The passengers on board the train come from many different places. You may meet travellers from all over Europe and perhaps beyond. German, English and French are the official on-board languages. Announcements will be made in these languages. If guests from countries with other languages are on board, announcements may also be made in their languages. The service personnel on board the train usually speak very little English or German. Please don’t hesitate to contact your tour guide if you have any communication problems.

A Russian doctor will be travelling on the train on the route from Moscow to Erlian (on the Mongolian/Chinese border). He or she will be on call 24 hours a day. The doctor’s compartment is marked on your carriage overview. The doctor also takes appointments and offers drop-in sessions. If additional, specialist medical treatment is required, the on-board personnel can contact other doctors via radio. Doctor’s fees must be paid in cash after consultation (see Fee Schedule for Medical Services). Should you become seriously ill, you can be taken to a hospital in any of t he larger cities. Beijing and Moscow have hospitals of international standing.

The phone service between Moscow and Beijing is usually good, except for in sparsely populated areas such as around the Gobi desert in China and Mongolia. You will thus be able to use your mobile phone almost everywhere on the route and in all the cities (if, that is, your mobile phone is activated for foreign countries, which it usually won’t be if you have a prepaid card account). If you have any further questions please contact your service provider before the trip. Please remember that roaming costs in Russia, Mongolia and China can be as high as € 6 per minute – both for making and receiving calls. It is much cheaper to send text messages.

No vaccinations are required for the trip on the Trans-Siberian Railway. We highly recommend a doctor’s check of the status of your immunisation against tetanus, diphtheria, polio and hepatitis A. Please get all additional information on vaccinations and other preventative measures well ahead of the trip. You may want to consult your doctor if you are at risk of t hrombosis or other health problems. We also suggest that you consult health offices, doctors experienced in travel medicine, tropical medicine specialists, information services and national health institutes.

The Trans-Siberian Railway is one of the safest railways in the world. No thefts have ever been reported on board our trains. Conductors are on duty 24 hours a day. We are in constant contact with control via the radio in the train manager’s compartment (on regular trains, the only radio set is in the locomotive) and can ask them for help in emergencies (including medical emergencies) or get them to contact the police for us.

When the train stops, only one door per carriage is opened – in each case the door nearest the conductor’s cabin. No one who does not hold a reservation for a sleeping compartment on the train may embark. That means no one can get on board and try to sell you anything. Before leaving Moscow, every one of our trains is cleared by the Russian health authorities. The checks are very thorough, and they demand high standards of hygiene in the restaurant, the toilets and the washrooms. They also make sure the sheets and towels are spotlessly clean. As when travelling anywhere in the world, it is a good idea to avoid wearing valuable jewellery and watches or hanging expensive camera equipment around your neck. Try to carry your cash, credit cards, passport and plane ticket close to your body, e.g. in a money belt around your neck or hips.

Please refer to the following information for specifics:

Russia -

Mongolia -

China -

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Hotel Bahía del Sol

is a beautiful property with friendly staff, who strives to offer an outstanding personalized service, to make all our guests feel like home. The hotel is committed with a sustainable philosophy that contributes to keep nature, community and economy in balance.

Bahía del Sol Beach offers visitors all the modern amenities, an outdoor pool, jacuzzi, spa, souvenir store, yoga classes at no cost for all our guests, tours all framed in an impressive tropical scenario that includes lush and tropical gardens with native and exotic species and a wide front facing the beach.

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Deluxe Superior Room

Comfort, elegance and romance get together in this new room. It is special for a romantic vacation with all the amenities of a modern room. Relax in your bathtub while you enjoy this gorgeous room. We have no doubt this will be one of the favorite categories of our guests.

This room is equipped with:

  • 1 King bed and 1 sofa bed
  • A/C
  • Independent bath tub (not plunged)
  • LCD (Cable TV – 63 channels)
  • Wi-Fi
  • Telephone
  • Minibar
  • Coffee maker
  • Electronic safe
  • Hair Dryer

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